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A researcher in Glasgow has created "cell-like bubbles" from metal, and given them properties that usually belong to biological life, reports New Scientist's Katharine Sanderson. The building blocks for these metal cells, or polyoxometalates, are metal atoms linked to oxygen and phosphorus.

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The Washington Post reports on researchers' efforts to determine the effect of an increasingly common SARS-CoV-2 mutation.

Florida Politics reports Florida's law barring life, long-term care, and disability insurers from using genetic information in coverage decisions went into effect at the beginning of July.

A new analysis finds a link between popular media coverage of a scientific study and how often that paper is cited.

In Nature this week: CRISPR approaches to editing plant genomes, way to speed up DNA-PAINT, and more.